ABQ To Do Visit Albuquerque Visitors Guide

Please click for your next Amazon purchase

The Dragon Lights Festival – Albuquerque

November 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Formerly known as the New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival, The Dragon Lights Festival features 30+ larger-than-life illuminated displays crafted by Chinese artisans. Our team of artisans hail from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-making.

In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, the event will also offer food and beverages. Our menu includes a variety of Chinese and traditional fair food, as well as assorted beverages.

  • October 5th – 7th”Balloon Fiesta Weekend” –  partnership with Balloon Fiesta
  • October 26th – 28th: “Halloween Weekend – partnership with haunted house
  • November 9th – 11th: “Foodie Weekend” – Extra Food Trucks, Eating Contest, Food Specials
  • November 23rd – 25th: “Fusion Art Weekend” – Partnership with Meow Wolf Santa Fe!
  • November 3th – December 2nd: “Closing Weekend” – Lantern Auction, Presents, Everything Goes NOW!!!


Dragon Lights Albuquerque will illuminate Expo New Mexico with larger-than-life lantern displays. Each lantern is handcrafted by our team of artisans from Zigong, China, which is regarded as China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-crafting.

In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for purchase. Our menu includes a variety of Chinese food, traditional fair food, and assorted beverages.

Stage Performance Times

Performance Times
Sunday-Thursday: 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM

Please note that we are closed on Mondays. Our beer garden is open from Friday to Sunday.

Performances are included with ticket purchase.

Chinese Lanterns

This 8-week event will feature 100% new displays with the exception of our signature dragon!

Traditional Handicrafts

Visitors can also enjoy handicraft demonstrations presented by our Chinese artisans. Handicraft demonstrations this year include inner-bottle painting, traditional Chinese calligraphy, and crystal engraving.

Nightly Performances

Our performers have decades of experience and offer a unique glimpse of Chinese stage culture. Some traditional Chinese performance arts featured include face changing, contortion acts, and Chinese Yo-Yo.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>